The objective of Roulette is simple. A large wheel with numbers is span, and a ball is thrown into it – all you have to do is determine which number the ball is going to stop on when the wheel stops turning!
To bet, click on the number board to zoom in. There are 37 numbers to choose from, and you can select multiple numbers, or even place chips between numbers to cover a range. Select your chip value and click your chosen number. Clicking on a chip already on the board will increase its value. If you make a mistake, hit Undo Bet to reverse through your steps.
There are lots of ways to win in Roulette, using the “Outside bet” boxes adjacent to the numbers board. Here you can bet on columns, dozens and colours, all of which are explained in detail below.
Once you’ve made your bet, hit Spin and the table wheel will start spinning, and the ball will start rolling in the opposite direction. Once the ball has settled and the wheel has stopped, you’ll get a zoomed in image of the winning number, and also the winning number on the number board will flash green. If you’re a lucky winner, your prize fund will be awarded and the winning number will appear on the right hand side list, which shows you the last ten winning numbers and colours.
To make another bet you can repeat this procedure, or click “Last Bet”, which will remember what you bet on previously and re-load it to the table. “Clear Bet” empties the table should you change your mind.
You can make up to 30 bets on the table, up to a maximum price of £100.
Individual numbers – Also called an “Inside bet”. The standard roulette wheel has 37 numbers, 16 red, 16 black, and the zero. Any of these individual numbers can be bet on. A £1 bet on a winning number will result in a payout of £36. In addition, you can place a chip between numbers to cover them both, but as you’ll doubling your chances, you’ll halve your payout. For example, if you place a £1 chip between numbers 3 and 6 and number 6 wins, you will receive an £18 payout. And if you put a £1 chip between 1, 2, 4 and 5 and number 1 comes out, you’ll receive £9. You can place up to 30 bets on the table at any one time, but if you want to group your bets quicker, there are multiple groups of numbers to play on, all located adjacent to the main betting board. All the below are called “Outside bets”.
One of the most frequently-referenced and well-known plays in a casino, “putting it on red/black” relates to the coloured diamonds in the middle of the panel, and pays 2 to 1.
At the end of each long column of numbers, there is a box labelled “2to1”, which is the box in which to bet that one number from that column will win. Because there are three columns, a £1 bet on a winning column will give you £3. Zero is not included in any column.
You can bet on which dozen the winning number will come from, using the boxes marked “1st 12”, “2nd 12”, and “3rd 12”. This is different to column betting as it involves groups of twelve consecutive numbers. “1st 12” covers numbers 1-12, “2nd 12” covers numbers 13-24, and “3rd 12” covers 25-36. This also pays out at 2 to 1, like the column. Note that zero is not featured in the first dozen.
If dozens aren’t quite your thing you can bet that the winning number comes from one half of the board, either the first half, marked “1to18” or the second half, marked “19to36”. These are also called a “Low Bet” and a “High Bet” respectively.
Despite being in the same box as the “1to18” and “19to36” bets, “odd” and “even” are separate boxes. As you may have guessed, like colours and halves, it is another way of splitting the board in half for a bet, and as you may have guessed, you use it to place a bet on whether the winning number will be odd (1, 3, 5, 7… etc) or even (2, 4, 6, 8… etc). Note that zero does not count as an even number.
For a novice, these various boxes and options may be a little overwhelming, so to get a feel for it, play the demo game for free! It’s a chance to see what you can win from putting on differing amounts in the many options – and even if you’re a veteran roulette player, it’s a free, fun opportunity to enjoy the game we all love.
Roulette is believed to have originated from France in the 18th century. Jacques Lablee makes reference to a roulette wheel in Paris’ Palais Royal in his 1801 novel La Roulette, Ou Le Jour, thought to be one of the earliest documented references. Early roulette wheels consisted of a red zero and black double zero, but to minimise confusion, these were changed to green in the 1800s.
It wasn’t until 1843 when double zero was dropped for the first time, in the German town of Bad Homburg and their iconic and still-running casino. This was purely to offer the punter an advantage to try and compete with other casinos for business. When Roulette landed in America, they went the other way, reducing the number of boxes to 28, and introducing a slot with an eagle on. This was dropped soon after, and there are thought to be fewer than half a dozen “eagle wheels” left in existence.
When the German government banned gambling in the 1860s, the owners of the Bod Homburg casino, Francois and Louis Blanc, moved their business to the only legal European casino location – Monte Carlo. It was from this base where their version of Roulette took over Europe, becoming the standard for casinos across the continent. In America, they adopted the 36-number system, but to this day they still use double zero as well as zero.
At the tail end of the 20th century, casinos started to become more popular, and the European version is generally found worldwide apart from North and South America.